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Central Florida is International Destination for Unique, State-of-the-Art Procedure to Treat Common Digestive Ailment
Date:7/6/2009

Patient from Kuwait is first who has traveled overseas to U.S. for this innovative treatment of GERD, a condition suffered by millions of Americans. Surgeon performing procedure has highest success rate of any physician in the country.

Lady Lake, Florida (PRWEB) July 6, 2009 -- A patient from Kuwait selected Central Florida as the place to seek relief from a chronic condition that affects as many as 19 million Americans. On Tuesday, July 7, Professional Gastroenterology & Surgical Associates (PGSA) physicians Dr. William Todd Overcash, M.D. and Dr. Akram Ismail, M.D. will perform an incisionless trans-oral surgery to correct the patient's gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), more commonly known as acid reflux.

"The United States continues to be a leader in groundbreaking medical services and a draw for patients all over the world to get treatment," said Dr. Ismail. "We are so pleased that PGSA can offer our patients the renown expertise that Dr. Overcash provides working with an accomplished team of Gastrointestinal experts, making Central Florida an international destination for people seeking relief from their digestive ailments."

The woman, who is in her 50's, has long suffered from GERD, which happens when a muscle at the end of the esophagus does not close properly allowing the stomach contents to leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus and irritate it.

GERD, which is treatable, can often lead to more serious health problems including ulcers, cancer and pneumonia. GERD is often treated with surgery and/or medications that have side effects and can lose their effectiveness over time.

"I was part of a 2008 study that found 85% of patients remain symptom-free and off daily GERD medication at one year after undergoing this trans-ora
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